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(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
Ivan Nova's Saturday was already a bad one before the injury was announced. He was up in the strike zone again, getting knocked around the park, and not giving his team much of a chance to win. His early exit and subsequent UCL tear diagnosis was a stomach punch to him, a sobering blow to what had been a mostly positive start to the Yankee season, and a possible explanation for his early struggles on the mound.
With Nova now out of the picture for the near future and most likely the remainder of the season, the Yankees will have to find a way to cover for that loss. They appear to have found a suitable replacement for the short-term in Vidal Nuno, but the baseball season is a long one and it's barely over 10% old. More injuries are all but certain and it's the long-term ramifications of Nova's injury that are now the concern. The ripple effect of losing Nova could extend from this past weekend into the final month of the season in a variety of ways, all of which the Yankees will have to consider and be prepared to address moving forward.